Feb 27, 2013

First Formula 18 Chilean Nats






Chile has been forming a great F18 fleet in the last two years, they came to race with us in 2011. In 2012 they sent 5 crews to LA Worlds. They also have been racing Cats way before Arg, with a large Prindle 19 & Hobie 16 fleet. My friend Alfonso Gutierrez was the first South American, to my knowledge, in participating an F18 Worlds in Australia 2007.
Good 10 boat fleet, 9 Infusions and a C2. Great work being done by our neighbours looking forward to bring the F18 Worlds to SAmerica in 2015-16. Uruguay also had their first Nats a week ago with 6 boats.
Argentina will have a strong 2013 local year as many new comers to the class have joined us.

Here in the South beyond paying between +15k more usd than our Euro/US/Aussie colleagues the class continues good growth, I read some reports on less boats in Europe in 2012, but beyond global economy, maybe +300 ordered & confirmed N17 had to do with it?

Chilean Nats were won with 7 bullets by Humberto del Rio-Lucas Gonzalez Smith, 2nd Mario Mandujano & 3rd the Kovacevic bros.
Marcelo Cisternas and Arg Gonzalo Nieto were the only ones on a C2, they were fast but some issues with old ropes ended their chance in many races. Excellent breeze lake conditions for a fleet that is growing strong every year. More images at CSN FB




Pos N° Proa Timonel Tot
1 10 Humberto del Rio 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 8
2 3 Mario Mandujano 2 2 4 1 2 3 2 2 2 16
3 9 Nicolás Kovacevic 5 4 2 3 3 2 3 4 3 24
4 1 Jorge González 4 5 5 6 4 4 4 3 4 33
5 1639 Pablo Silva 9 8 11 8 6 5 5 5 6 52
6 77 Marcelo Cisternas 3 3 3 5 11 6 11 11 11 53
7 11 Gutierrez 6 6 6 4 5 11 11 11 11 60
8 5 Juan Pablo Ovando 8 11 11 11 11 11 6 6 5 69
9 7 John Gysling 7 7 7 7 11 11 11 11 11 72
10 1890 Leonardo Zúñiga 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 88

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